C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries
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P.O. Box 11692
Columbus, OH 43211
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CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Mitchell Ellison
Board Chair
Mr. Mitchell Ellison
C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries

Transform lifestyles by connecting addicted persons to programs & services that empower them to live a life of complete sobriety & rebuild relationships with God, family, friends and their community.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We partnered with more local churches through our outreach programs and we provided more outreach to recovery facilities and jails throughout central Ohio.

  • We designed and implemented a program for grandparents "Partnering with Grandparents" to aid and assist them in the process of raising their grandchildren.

  • We designed and implemented a one year mentoring program "Brothers Missing In Action" for men in the Linden community to assist them with life skills and job readiness skills.  

  • We created a more comprehensive and intentional program for our Sober Homes; with needed structure and oversight. 

  • We reached out to the community with more life skill programming by implementing a new youth prevention program "A Little Something Different" that deals with Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug and Violence prevention. 


  • We will continue to aid adult males in the re-entry process into society from treatment and/or jail through our Sober Home program and Brothers Missing In Action Mentoring Program. 

  • We will continue to serve youth in central ohio through our prevention program "A Little Something Different" to deal with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence.

  • We will assist and feed individuals in the Linden Community through our ongoing Free Community Lunches on Tuesdays & Thursdays by partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 

  • We will continue to seek out volunteer and financial support through partnering with local churches and community advocates.

Background Statement

Mitchell Ellison is the founder of C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries (CHM). In 1992, Mitchell, his wife Sandra, and their children were at a life changing place in their lives and had no idea what God in store for them. God heard Mitchell's cry for HELP, and His love and truth set Mitchell free. Over a period of several years, Mitchell worked hard, studied hard, and relied on God for perseverance in rebuilding his life. Most importantly, he was broken before God, and has been transformed into the effective leader he is today.

A couple of Columbus area churches and their leaders worked closely with Mitchell and Sandra as God restored them. Sandra began to see a husband who was willing to lay down his own life for her and for their children by working long hours, sacrificing his needs in favor of theirs, and treating them with the love and the dignity God requires of a husband and a father. As Mitchell grew, he developed a passion to reach others dependent on crack cocaine and alcohol. He developed the ability to communicate with grace, humility, humor, and power to people he is uniquely qualified to understand.

Crack cocaine and alcohol addictions have no respect for racial or socio-economic boundaries; neither does C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries. It is a ministry made up of people of diverse backgrounds, and serves people who are equally diverse. It has served as a center of racial reconciliation for many years. In the year 2000, in a small one-room building on Cleveland Avenue, the C.R.A.C.K. House was born. Less than a year later, CHM was able to purchase a 3,000 sq. ft. building at 1910 Cleveland Avenue. That was followed by the purchase of several Sober Homes to house men who wanted to learn how to rebuild their lives. In 2006, CHM was established as a stand-alone ministry and has continued to grow in its impact.

Statement from Mr. Mitchell Ellison , C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries

We will continue to focus on strengthening our core programs over the next several years. Our Sober Home program outcomes continue to improve. We want that to continue--especially by supporting and emphasizing job readiness and employment. We continue to look for additional ways we can serve and impact our neighborhood in practical ways, especially in ways that will help empower individuals and families to help themselves. We believe that both of these objectives depend on spiritual growth so we seek to strengthen and grow the biblical teaching ministry as well.

We have identified two areas to expand CHM's impact in the community. One is reaching out to the youth in our neighborhood and providing programs for them that will help to keep them off drugs and alcohol. The second is to expand the available physical space to accommodate several needs including sober home program capacity and housing opportunities for qualified clients.



Mr. Mitchell Ellison, 
Term Start 7/2008 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Mitchell Ellison founded C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries in 1999 after experiencing the devastation of addiction and its impact on his family. Mitchell grew up in Linden and attended Linden McKinley High School.  Mitchell served in the United States Army for four years starting in 1975 and was honorably discharged. He and Sandra were married in 1987.

He was employed by Community for New Directions to speak in schools on drug prevention prior to becoming the full-time pastor at CHM. Mitchell is a gifted communicator who has spoken to diverse audiences all over Central Ohio including schools, athlete gatherings, church services, and prisons. Mitchell serves the Linden community to meet spiritual and practical needs and to model biblical principles in his own life. He is deeply connected in the Linden community and understands the challenges families face there. He is committed to making a difference in the lives of Linden families.

Mrs. Karen Lawrence, 
Biographical Statement

Karen has been hired for administrative purposes. Karen has 9 years of experience in office management and personal life experience along with addiction studies education from Columbus State Community College. 

Mr. Billy Drew, 
Biographical Statement

Billy has been directing the Sober Home Program for one year and has done an excellent job. 

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 30 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 3
Current Plan Adopted 12/2013
Additional Organization Information

Christian Fellowship Church; Orange Road Friends Church; Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility; The Salvation Army of Central Ohio; The Refuge; Serenity Street; Project Linden; Columbus Urban League; and Dock580; Youth Build; Columbus Pubic Schools.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Mitchell Ellison,
Board Chair Term 12/2013 -  12/2015  
Board Members
Mr. Doyle Hartman,  
Mr. Steve Rayo,  
Ms. Maria Scott,  
Mr. Doug Trotter,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 12 
Board Meeting Attendance 100% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 80%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 20%
  Male 80%
Race African-American/Black 40%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 60%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Linden Neighborhood Outreach

Our Linden Neighborhood Outreach program is aimed at serving and getting to know individuals in the Linden neighborhood to attract residents to a drug-free lifestyle through CHM. Our staff and volunteers connect with Linden residents through free lunch programs, supervised activities for children, and holiday celebrations. We also host two 12-step meetings each week.

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Sober Homes

CHM Sober Homes provide residential housing for men. All aspects of this program are aimed at turning addicted men into productive employees, husbands, and fathers. The program seeks to balance freedom with boundaries, support, self-determination, and trusting encouragement with consequences for violating trust. There is a 30-day probationary period that involves tighter restrictions than the subsequent two program phases. Former program participants provide day-to-day oversight and accountability. CHM staff and committed volunteers mentor residents in five focus areas: recovery, spiritual growth, restoring relationships, financial accountability, and productive employment. Program duration is 12-18 months and includes a monthly rental fee as soon as there is the means to pay it. Currently there is housing space for 12 men, and occupancy is typically full.

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A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different serves youth ages 8 - 18 and teaches Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug and Violence Prevention. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday evening and discuss life topics such as Importance of Education, Goals & Future Planning, Prevention, Safety, etc. We provide dinner and teach through guest speakers, journaling, art activities, group discussions. 

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Discipleship and Spiritual Growth

All aspects of CHM's discipleship and spiritual growth program are aimed at providing addicts with access to the God who loves them and a spiritual foundation for recovery. The program consists of worship, Bible teaching, and prayer.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $172,000
Projected Expense $217,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

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